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Feb SLATE Meeting

posted Feb 13, 2014, 8:18 AM by Brad Katz

The main topic for SLATE's February 2.19.14 meeting is a "Course Design Showcase & Panel":

"Every institution with online courses deals with online course design.  This panel will be an opportunity for institutions to highlight what they are doing in their online courses and compare notes on design do's and don’ts.  Panel members will be invited to share an online course (or more) to highlight the types of tools, activities, and resources they are utilizing and ask the group for suggestions on areas they are still trying to improve."

This is an open meeting and participation is free but an RSVP for face-to face attendees is requested by 2.17.14. Please follow this link if you want more details: 

You can also log in and watch/participate remotely via the web.

SLATE is an acronym for Supporting Learning and Technology in Education and was formed in part as our regional Blackboard user group. It is platform independent, though, and member institutions use a range of LMS solution including Moodle and Canvas. The focus tends to be on practice rather than specific tools:

"SLATE was created from the concept that all institutions that are deploying and/or currently using Web-based components to enhance their teaching and learning activities, have the same questions, the same challenges, and the need for the same solutions. By drawing together the expertise of the people involved in the entire academic experience and those designing, supporting, and using these applications; faculty support staff, systems administrators, instructional designers, librarians, online and distance education programs, and students - a broader and more accessible and dynamic support system could be established. Our current membership comes from K-12, Higher Education, and the Corporate sector and in general, anyone using technology in teaching and learning regardless of platform."

For more information, visit the Slate website: http://www.slategroup.org/

You can also reach out to Brad Katz (bkatz2@iit.edu or 312.567.7213) with questions.

Blackboard Update: Old Blackboard 8 Decommissioning Targeted for December 13

posted Nov 22, 2013, 12:13 PM by Lauren Woods   [ updated Nov 22, 2013, 12:15 PM ]

Please be aware that access to the old Blackboard 8 system (used prior to Spring 2013) will end with the end of this semester. If faculty have any courses or content to keep from the old system, please use the export feature now to save content to a personal system before Friday night, December 13. That is the routine OTS maintenance window when OTS will decommission Blackboard 8.

Should faculty need any old course content (again, this is ONLY for CONTENT PRIOR TO January 2013), please export it and save it to your own computer until ready to import it into the current system, Blackboard 9.1. Faculty may use individual MyIIT credentials to log into the old system at http://oldblackboard.iit.edu/. Faculty may review courses there and if necessary, export courses and/or content before December 13. In a rare instance where a faculty member may need to access content from Blackboard 8 after this time, faculty will need to open a support request through the Support Desk.

To assist with exporting and importing content, faculty should make use of these resources:

  • A short how-to video about Importing and Exporting Courses on IIT Online’s Blackboard at IIT Google Site,http://media.iitonline.iit.edu/common/blackboard/training/bb_import_export.mp4. In the video, Brad Katz covers how to export content from the old 8 system and import to the new 9 system, as well as how to export/import within 9 itself.
  • Brad also has office hours twice a week to support faculty with Blackboard and other educational technologies. Typically held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, see the University Calendar to confirm dates and times. IIT Online offices are located at 103 Stuart Building on main campus.
  • Cheat sheets and additional resources for exporting and importing content are available at the Blackboard at IITGoogle site.
  • Contact supportdesk@iit.edu.

Blackboard Faculty Support Office Hours Announced

posted Oct 28, 2013, 10:12 AM by Lauren Woods

WhenTuesdays 10:00am – 11:00am and Wednesdays 2:30pm - 3:30pm
WhereStuart 103, Main Campus
DescriptionIIT Online announces regular office hours to support faculty with Blackboard and other educational technologies. These are intended as open, working meetings with faculty with no pre-planned agendas. Drop-in sessions are twice a week in our offices at 103 Stuart on Main Campus. See the University Calendar to confirm dates and times, especially around the end of term or holidays. As always, we are also available by phone or email to provide non-technical support, and by appointment. If you have questions, please contact: Brad Katz Manager, Instructional Design IIT Online | Illinois Institute of Technology bkatz2@iit.edu 312.567.7213 (ext. 77213)

Fall 13 Update on August 16, 2013!

posted Aug 15, 2013, 10:59 AM by Lauren Woods   [ updated Aug 15, 2013, 11:01 AM ]

On August 16, IIT’s Blackboard will be updated with most of the latest features active for Fall 13. IIT Online is again providing sessions and workshops at the start of the term to help faculty get acquainted with new features. Please see the calendar below or IIT Today for details and session times. We will also offer training and development throughout the term, including a return of our popular series, "Brown Bags on Teaching and Pedagoy." Contact Brad Katz, katz2@iit.edu for details. Please continue to use the OTS Support Desk (supportdesk@iit.edu) for technical issues and requests. In the meantime, some of the changes include:
  • Global navigation and a system-wide dashboard for all of your Bb-based information
  • A more usable Bb-based calendar that can be exported to iCal or Google Calendar
  • Streamlined access to create and integrate YouTube-based video content into course content
  • A revised set of course level tools for tracking student performance in courses (renamed Retention Center from the previous Early Warning System)
Related Updates: In addition to the ongoing changes to the main Blackboard LMS, IIT Online is exploring other services and tools, like online proctoring of exams: IIT Online will work with a few faculty and remote students later this semester to pilot Examity (formerly Secure-Proctor) and possibly Respondus. We encourage you to look at these sites, and if you are interested in learning more about remote proctoring or are participating in the pilot, please contact Chuck Scott, scott@iit.edu.

New Training and Workshop Sessions for Fall 2013 Available

posted Aug 6, 2013, 8:13 AM by Lauren Woods   [ updated Aug 6, 2013, 9:17 AM ]

Please see the Training section and calendar below for Fall 2013 orientation sessions and workshops to better acquaint faculty with the latest features in Blackboard. IIT moved to Blackboard 9.1 in Spring 2013 and we're updating to the latest service pack with new features on during the routine OTS maintenance window on August 16. 

Drop in sessions begin next week. If you or your department would like additional sessions or topics, please let us know - a form is available on the training page.

Blackboard Updates for Fall 2013

posted Aug 1, 2013, 11:49 AM by Lauren Woods

Details are still in the works, but IIT's Blackboard will be updated to the latest service pack during the routine OTS maintenance window, Friday, August 16 just in time for Fall 2013. Faculty information sessions and updates will be posted as they are available. In the meantime, to get a sneak peak at some new features in the latest version of Blackboard, check out the New Features in Blackboard's official help pages or take a tour of Blackboard's CourseSites (www.coursesites.com), Blackboard's limited free version. Also, keep checking this site as a new calendar of information sessions about our new features will be available soon!

Additional Blackboard Resources: Videos on BlackboardTV, Blackboard's Official You Tube Channel

posted Jun 20, 2013, 1:24 PM by Lauren Woods

FYI: Faculty Brown Bag on Teaching and Pedagogy, PLUS New Blackboard Workshops in April

posted Mar 22, 2013, 10:47 AM by Lauren Woods

Just wanted to let you know about a few new faculty development opportunities coming up soon: 

(1)   IIT Online is organizing an ongoing series of brown bags for faculty about teaching practice. Join us on Wednesday, April 3 from 12:45 – 1:45 pm in Stuart 204 for our second session, a conversation with Ray Trygstad of IIT School of Applied Technology, who will be discussing “Using Blackboard Assignments and Exams for Assessment.” Bring your questions, ideas and your lunch. IIT Online will provide light refreshments. Please RSVP to bkatz2@iit.edu by noon on Tuesday, April 2. Please note that we are refining details for remote participation and viewing via the Internet. Please contact us if you are interested in this option.

(2)   Additional Blackboard (Bb) Workshops being scheduled! Faculty now have access to their next semester Bb course shells when registration opens. So in conjunction with the opening of summer and fall registration, Brad will hold the following workshops in April: 

  • Tuesday, April 2, Bb Basics + Q&A; 
  • Thursday, April 4, Content Reuse; 
  • Monday, April 8, Bb Basics + Q&A; 
  • Tuesday, April 9, Safe Assign; 
  • Tuesday, April 16, Gradebook; and
  • Thursday, April 18, Content Reuse. 
All workshops will be about an hour each from 12:45-1:45. Location is still TBD, but keep an eye out for registration details in IIT Today, or contact Brad at bkatz2@iit.edu for more information.  

Issues with Blackboard?

posted Feb 12, 2013, 9:16 AM by Lauren Woods

We've heard from a number of faculty over the past weekend about issues with Blackboard, two in particular, logging in and slowness:

  1. Unable to login This issue appears to be a result of last Friday night's maintenance window and seems to be resolved when users clear their browser cookies and cache to get a fresh session. If you are still unable to log in, please contact the Support Desk and submit a ticket. 
  2. General extreme slowness of the system Please contact the Support Desk to submit a ticket. To help them better assist you, please include your IP address and your internet service provider (ISP), especially if you are off-campus. 

As always, if you experience any technical issues with Blackboard like these above, please contact the Support Desk to submit a ticket. The Support Desk can be reached at supportdesk@iit.edu or 312.567.3375.

Additional Blackboard Sessions for Faculty and TAs!

posted Feb 1, 2013, 8:27 AM by Lauren Woods

IIT Online scheduled  two sessions to answer faculty and TA questions about Blackboard:

Monday, February 4, 2:00 – 3:30 pm (212SB)
Thursday, February 7, 2:00 – 3:30 pm (239SB)

These will be open sessions without a specific topic/agenda.

Feel free to bring a laptop.

If you have any questions, please contact Brad Katz at bkatz2@iit.edu.

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